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147 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo of a snowy mountain slope; fine art landscape photo created by Scott Dimond in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Banff is the most famous of the National Parks in the Canadian Rockies. The road between the townsites of Banff and Lake Louise is driven by millions of visitors each year. Lesser known is the Icefield Parkway, a road that stretches 144 miles from Lake Louise at the south to Jasper townsite, in Jasper National Park to the north. It is one of the most scenic drives in the world and features hundreds of glaciers, turquoise lakes, and stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. But for all its stunning beauty, it is ignored by most tourists and, in the winter especially, vehicles are few and far between.

It was on such a day that I found myself driving the Icefield Parkway and taking in the beauty of all the snow-covered peaks that greet a driver at every turn. Photographing the vastness of this drive can be a real challenge to a photographer. There is just so much beauty as far as the eye can see, it is hard to fit it all in. That is when it occurred to me to not even try.

Landscape photographers often include “Intimate Landscapes” in their work as pioneered by American photographer Eliot Porter. An “Intimate Landscape” is created by finding the beauty within the scene and focusing on the details of one tiny element. I decided to take a slightly different approach. Instead of a close-up of one small element, I decided to create a high-resolution image of the side of an entire mountain, but without anything to provide the viewer with context.

Upon finding the perfect vantage point, I set up the special equipment I would need to create a high resolution VAST photo. Using a long telephoto lens, I could photograph the mountain side, far across the valley, with fine detail. The dominating white snow with no sky for context offers few clues to the viewer and invites a closer look. The trees, rocks, and small avalanche runs, captured in fine detail, provide the answers in deciphering the scene. It is a scene that is normally only viewed by the few who are willing to turn north at Lake Louise and experience fully what Banff National Park has to offer in the winter.
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This 147-megapixel VAST photo is one of the highest definition fine art photographs ever created. It has a resolution equivalent to 71 full-HD TVs.


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EXPOSURE SPECS

Date & TimeApril 3, 2011:  11:39am
LocationBanff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates52.140808, -116.993273
CameraCanon 5D MII
Megapixels per Exposure22.3
LensCanon 300mm f/2.8L
Focal Length300mm
Aperturef16
Shutter Speed1/200
ISO400
Number of Exposures21

FILE SPECS

Total Pixels147,273,886
Horizontal Pixels29,443
Vertical Pixels5,002
Aspect Ratio1 : 5.89
File Size842 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)8.18 feet
Height @ 300ppi1.39 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)16.36 feet
Height @ 150ppi2.78 feet
Canon 5D MII
Canon 300mm f/2.8L
Canon 5D MII
Canon 300mm f/2.8L
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